Talon by Julie Kagawa

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Original Title: Talon
Year Published: 2015
Published by: MIRA Ink
Number of Pages: 445
First Sentence: Ember, when did your parents die, and what was the cause of death?
Goodreads Rating: 4/5

Plot:

‘There are a dozen soldiers hiding in that maze. All hunting you. All looking to kill you.’

To the outside world Ember Hill is an ordinary girl, but Ember has a deadly secret. A dragon hiding in human form, she is destined to fight the shadowy Order of St. George, a powerful society of dragonslayers.

St. George soldier Garret is determined to kill Ember and her kind. Until her bravery makes him question all he’s been taught about dragons.

Now a war is coming and Garret and Ember must choose their sides – fight to save their bond or fulfil their fate and destroy one another.

My thoughts:

Talon is a good and entertaining story. However, there are too many parts where you (at least I) want to fast forward and get to the point. Sure, those parts do contain a lot of good information and carefully builds up the world and story for the following books. It does feel repetitive at times, and that is what makes it so frustrating. It feels like it takes forever to reach lift off but when it finally does, it is well worth it.

Ember is a good main character and you do like her. She does however act like a spoilt brat from time to time and I just want to give here a little shake. Not a big one, just a little one. I loved the fact that she is a dragon, something that we rarely see. Mostly girls are mythical creatures like mermaids, witches or fairies. Why not be a fire-breathing hardcore monster for once?

It was a good thing that we got to read this book from several people’s point of view. It was so much easier to fall in love with Garret when reading about events through his eyes. I also loved the fact that we got to see that boys are just as insecure as girls when it comes to matters of love because they are. We aren’t the only ones fretting over our feelings.

I won’t say which characters give us the other p.o.v’s because that’s a spoiler.

Overall though, this book was entertaining and a great read which is why it still deserves 4 stars, despite the repetitive parts of the plot.

Do I recommend it? 

Yes, because I do believe that this series will be a really good one. Plus dragons are awesome.

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